Get Involved

There's a multitude of ways to contribute/get involved with EWB!
The best way to get involved is to come out to our general meetings. They take place in room 2004 in E5 on the uWaterloo campus, every Tuesday at 5:30. Everyone is welcome to come out to the meetings and you're welcome to come out to as few or as many of the meetings as you'd like. Here are some things we are working on for the Fall 2013 term:

Run to End Poverty
Run to End Poverty (R2EP) is one of the major events we are organizing this term in collaboration with the University of Guelph Chapter as well as the Waterloo Region and Guelph Professional Chapter.
Run to End Poverty is a team of compassionate runners united for a common cause – to bring an end to extreme poverty in Africa. Since 2007, runners across Canada and Africa have run together to raise awareness about extreme poverty, and to build support for Engineers Without Borders’ (EWB) development efforts in Africa. In just two years the team has grown with races now planned in Vancouver, Montreal, Waterloo, Calgary and Ottawa!
You can check out the Facebook page , Twitter , and website (where you can also register to run!)
If you're interested in volunteering for R2EP contact

Tidzima, You are invited! Annual Gala & Auction
Every fall we hold a Gala to celebrate the return of our Junior Fellows and provide an opportunity for them to discuss their placements and for us to celebrate another successful year for the chapter. Our next Gala is being held on November 7th, 2013, This year, Junior Fellows Rob and Sylvia will be discussing their placements in Ghana where Rob was working for VOTO Mobile and Sylvia was working for Governance and Rural Infrastrcuture (G&RI) . The Gala is a great place to network with international development experts, UW faculty, community professionals and EWB members. If you are interested in attending or helping to plan this years Gala, contact Vincent and Joseph at

Fair Trade Campus and Waterloo Campaign
Would you like to help the University of Waterloo become a Fair Trade Certified University?
Would you like to help Waterloo become a Fair Trade Certified city?
"The Fair Trade Towns campaign is an exciting initiative that recognizes communities that actively support Fair Trade, increasing both availability and awareness at the local level."

We will be holding a series of outreach events as well as creating a network of interested parties and stakeholders.
Contact to find out how you can help Waterloo become a Fair Trade Town!
Check out our Fair Trade page for more about our chapter position on Fair Trade.
Check out the Fair Trade Canada website for more information about the campaign.

Peace & Justice Conference
Confirmed keynote speakers include: 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams (International Campaign to Ban Landmines), James Orbinski (Global Health Governance), George Roter (Engineers Without Borders), Rhoda Howard-Hassmann (Canada Research Chair, International Human Rights), Sylvia McAdam (Idle No More), Deborah Ellis (author - Teachers Professional Development strand), and Howard Zehr (Eastern Mennonite University - Mediation/Restorative Justice pre-conference session). Find out more about the conference and register here.

Our chapter is involved in the innovation competition and we will be organizing a few sessions. If you'd like to help us work on the Peace and Justice Conference, contact Gurneet at

HOPE Team Pilot
EWB UW is trying to expand into the KW Region high school network! Following the University of Windsor chapter pilot we are trying to create a team of leaders who can work with students and teachers in the KW region to find a group of passionate high school students interested in starting a high school chapter (called a 'HOPE' chapter). If you're interested in helping us create a HOPE team or if you are a high school teacher or student interested in joining a HOPE team contact Amy at

Global Engineering
This is an exciting term for Global Engineering!

Curriculum Enhancement:
We are currently working directly with the engineering faculty to improve the undergraduate curriculum to create more globally-minded engineers. Projects include creation of new case studies, pilot testing of new material, and assessment of List A CSEs. Several professors have expressed interest in working with us to add global engineering content to their courses.
To get involved with global engineering contact

Do you want to spread public awareness about CIDA, Canada's foreign aid agency? Are you concerned with the Canadian government's outlook on foreign aid? EWB is currently working on a national campaign to bring public attention to recent decisions by CIDA and changes in Canadian foreign aid policies. We will be meeting with EWB chapters across the country to plan the campaign. The work will involve meeting with local politicians, holding public outreach events and improving public education about foreign aid.
If you are interested in getting involved with Advocacy, or for more information contact Rob Reid at
Check out this article by chapter member Rob Reid for more information.

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